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Florida Enacts Law to Implement Provisions of its Medical Marijuana Amendment, but Significant Questions Remain for Employers

by FordHarrison on

Recently, Florida Governor Rick Scott signed into law a bill intended to implement provisions of the medical marijuana constitutional amendment that was approved by Florida voters last November (Amendment 2). The new law...more

Marijuana For Everyone? Society’s Changing Attitude Reflected In Workplace Practices

by Fisher Phillips on

We’ve entered a new era of acceptance when it comes to the legally permitted use of marijuana. As of today, 28 states have legalized medical use of the drug, and eight states permit its recreational use. With over half of the...more

Medical Marijuana and the Workplace

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

With the growing list of states legalizing marijuana, are workplace drug policies up in smoke? As the new year begins, Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota join the growing list of states that have legalized medical marijuana....more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - January 2017

by Littler on

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details notable labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The January edition of the Insider Report reviews what...more

What Does Florida's New Medical Marijuana Law Mean for Employers?

by FordHarrison on

As employers in Florida prepare for the new year, many may wonder how Florida’s new medical marijuana law will impact them. In the November 2016 election, Florida as well as Arkansas, North Dakota and Montana all approved...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report - December 2016

by Littler on

Littler's WPI Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The December edition of the Insider Report discusses recent efforts to block...more

Zika Virus: What Do Employers Need to Know?

by K&L Gates LLP on

The spread of the Zika virus across South and Central America, Mexico, and the Caribbean as well as locally acquired infections in parts of the United States, raises various issues for employers. On January 22, 2016, the...more

Addressing Zika’s Continued Threat to the Workplace

The growing prevalence of the Zika virus in the United States has already presented a number of hurdles for employers striving to create a safe and healthy workplace environment for their employees. These concerns are more...more

FAR and DOL Issue Final Rule and Guidance on “Blacklisting” Executive Order

by Seyfarth Shaw LLP on

Seyfarth Synopsis: The Final Rules and Guidance on Executive Order 13673, “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” (aka “Blacklisting” Order) have been released. Despite robust comments from the contractor community, the Final Rule...more

The Zika Threat Is Now In Our Backyard! What Employers Need To Know

As the dog days of summer draw to a close, many United States residents continue to think of the Zika virus as that slight distraction to Olympic athletes and the fans who cheered them to victory in the Rio games. However,...more

Zika Virus and the Workplace: What Employers Should Know

News that the Zika virus has reached the United States may be prompting employers to think more closely about employee safety and what steps should be taken to address disease prevention and management in the workplace....more

The Rio Olympics and the Zika Virus: Guidance for Employers

The Olympics in Rio have been a huge success for American athletes, but the games have also brought some hazards. U.S. Swimmer, Ryan Lochte, was mugged at gunpoint and other athletes have dealt with any number of...more

Zika and the Workplace: What Employers Must Know

by Akerman LLP - HR Defense on

With 413 Zika virus cases confirmed in 34 of Florida’s 67 counties as of August 15, it’s clear that it is spreading. Employers should take steps now to prepare for the impact. The virus can implicate several workplace...more

Guidance for employers on the Zika virus

Within the past few days, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have confirmed the transmission of the Zika virus by mosquitoes to individuals in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. Before this confirmation,...more

Top 10 Points of Guidance for Employers on the Zika Virus Outbreak

The Zika virus has been around for nearly 70 years, but an outbreak earlier this year has put the disease squarely on the public’s radar. In fact, on February 1, 2016, the World Health Organization declared Zika and the...more

WATER. REST. SHADE.

by Fisher Phillips on

Heat is Creating More Legal Problems this Summer. It has been close to 100° in many southern states and even worse in the West. The Union of Concerned Scientists has warned of a “dangerous heat wave and steps to take....more

Employment Law - June 2016

OSHA's Electronic Submission Rule Finalized - Why it matters - Three years in the making, the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) finalized a new rule mandating the electronic submission of injury...more

Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report — June 2016

by Littler on

Littler's Workplace Policy Institute Insider Report details key labor, employment, and benefits news and events at the federal, state, local, and global levels. The June edition of the Insider Report highlights recent federal...more

The Workplace is Not Immune: Guidance for Employers on the Zika Virus Outbreak

On April 22, 2016, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) jointly issued new guidance aimed at protecting workers from occupational exposure to the...more

The Zika Virus: Frequently Asked Questions for Employers

by Littler on

The Zika virus is receiving significant press coverage, including reports that it may cause birth defects if pregnant women are exposed.  Employers may wonder if they have obligations to protect or accommodate employees under...more

Recent Decision Provides Case Study on Managing Suspected Alcohol Impairment

by PretiFlaherty on

If an employer suspects that an employee may be coping with a substance abuse issue, such as alcoholism, what steps can it take to ensure that the employee is not coming to work impaired? A recent federal court case explored...more

Could Virginia shooting happen at your workplace?

by Howard Ankin on

One of the first reactions to surface after reading about unthinkable workplace violence, such as the recent Virginia news station shooting, is, “that’s awful, but something like that could never happen here…” Perhaps it...more

Wearable Technology: Rewards and Risks

by Zelle LLP on

Wearables will soon be everywhere. They’ll be on our wrists, around our waists, arms, and fingers, in our shoes, and embedded in our uniforms. Wearable technology promises great things for employers, but like all technology...more

Addressing and Preventing Workplace Violence

The subject of workplace violence has unfortunately made headlines once again after a news anchor and cameraman were killed by a former co-worker in Virginia last week. Employers are understandably concerned and have...more

5 Workplace Safety Tips to Protect Employees from Violent Co-Workers (While Complying with Employment Laws)

by Carlton Fields on

According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), homicide is the fourth-leading cause of fatal occupational injuries in the United States. This article gives employers practical advice aimed at keeping the...more

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